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Rules of a Muslim Home (#16) – Sleeping Early

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 September 2017 16:18

Among the important rules of a Muslim home is that all members of the house sleep early. Thus, the entire family should retire to bed after performing the ‘Esha Salaah. There are great physical as well as spiritual benefits in this. In order to maintain one’s health, one must enjoy sound sleep. Many illnesses are related to the lack of sleep or the lack of good sleeping habits. The Mashaayikh generally advise that a person get at least six hours of sound sleep daily. One cannot function efficiently without having sufficient sleep.

Allah Ta‘ala mentions in Surah Rum:

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Rules of a Muslims Home (#15) – Mashwarah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 September 2017 16:12

Allah Ta‘ala instructed Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Quraan Majeed as follows:

وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّـهِ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

Consult them in your affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah Ta‘ala, for verily Allah Ta‘ala loves those who place their trust in Him.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was undoubtedly the most intelligent of all mankind. Yet, despite his intelligence, Allah Ta‘ala instructed him to make mashwarah (consult) with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#14) – Leaving the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:06

A woman should strive to remain at home and not emerge unless there is a valid need to do so (e.g. to visit her parents or relatives, or to visit the sick, or to console the bereaved, etc.).

When leaving home, one should recite the following du‘aa:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى الله لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِالله​

In the name of Allah Ta‘ala. I place my reliance upon Allah Ta‘ala. There is no power (to do good) nor any ability (to refrain from evil) except with Allah Ta‘ala.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said that when a person leaves his home and recites the above du‘aa, the Angels say to him, “You have been guided, your needs have been taken care of and you have been protected.” On account of reciting this du‘aa, Shaitaan then moves away from this person. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5095)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#13) – Entering the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:33

When entering the home, one should first recite the sunnah du‘aa and thereafter make salaam to the household members in an audible manner. The sunnah du‘aa to be recited is:

 اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجْ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللهِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى اللهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا

O Allah! I ask You for the blessings of entering the home and the blessings of exiting the home. In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we exit, and on Allah alone, our Sustainer, we rely. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5096)

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him, “O my beloved son! When you enter (your home) into the presence of your family then make salaam, as it will be a means of barakah for you and your family.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2698)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#12) – Respect (Part Two)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 16:06

The following are some of the important aspects that have to be respected in a Muslim home:

Parents

While respect for elders is fast decreasing in general, shocking incidents regularly come to light indicating the level to which respect for parents has fallen. The Quraan declares: “Do not even say oof to them (parents).” (Surah Israa’ v23) The word “oof” in the Arabic language is to denote the slightest degree of displeasure. How then can it ever be permissible to talk harshly to one’s parents or to argue with them? Yet, parents are physically abused by their children. May Allah Ta‘ala save us. Such treatment towards parents will only invite calamities upon oneself.

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